Soldiers charged over attempt to bribe recruits

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The military court on Friday charged two soldiers with demanding bribes from exam candidates hoping to join the forces.

Heng Rithy and Man Mat were arrested after a candidate filed a complaint accusing the pair of demanding $550 from each applicant wanting to sit the soldier recruitment exam.

Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Moa Phalla confirmed that any military official who attempted to bribe soldier candidates would face the full force of the law.

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“It is our policy that potential candidates must not pay to apply or sit the entrance exam,” he said. “People who attempt to profit from candidates damage the Ministry of Defence’s reputation.”

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He added that the ministry will investigate the case of the suspects charged on Friday.

The Defence Ministry’s soldier recruitment committee last week released a statement ordering potential applicants not to pay bribes to pass entrance exams or obtain jobs.

The ministry in August announced plans to recruit 3,450 new soldiers, 2,900 of which will make up a new intervention brigade in Stung Treng province.

The creation of infantry brigade 128 comes following a border dispute with Laos.

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